Last year marked two decades of Vladimir Putin in power in Russia. Here are the events that have shaped — or been shaped — by the former KGB officer.

Full story - January 08, 2020
President Donald Trump departs from a podium, flanked by several officials
US President Donald Trump made a statement Wednesday regarding tensions between the US and Iran. Ivo Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, speaks with The World's Marco Werman about the president's remarks and the future of the US-Iran relationship.
Full episode - January 08, 2020
Two people are shown from behind looking up at television monitors showing US President Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump addressed the nation today and said the US will continue to "evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression," but backed away from military confrontation. And, a Ukraine International Airlines flight leaving from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning. We get the latest from Kyiv. Also, Italian Vogue reimagines the cover photoshoot for its January issue to promote sustainability.
Full story - January 08, 2020
Philippines residents use improvised devices to catch fish atop their house which is submerged by floods
Storms and other disasters are expected to grow more intense as the climate warms.
Full story - January 08, 2020
A woman checks her phone while riding on the back of a motorbike.
On every major corner in Bangkok, there’s a motorbike taxi crew that will zip you to your destination by any means necessary. But their dominance is now threatened by an app called Grab.
Full story - January 08, 2020
US President Donald Trump is shown speaking from a podium wearing a dark suit and red tie.
US President Donald Trump spoke from the White House Wednesday following the missile attacks on Iraqi bases housing US troops and on the killing of an Iranian commander that has sparked a new Middle East crisis.
Full episode - January 07, 2020
A portrait painint of of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani is shown on a glass case in a confectionery shop.
Iran said it launched a missile attack on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the US drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked Tuesday about claims that Iran was planning imminent attacks against Americans ahead of Qasem Soleimani's killing. American allies in Europe are watching carefully and also criticizing the US airstrike. And, should we prepare for cyberattacks from Iran? That's the message coming from the US government, which expects retaliation from Iran. Also, a knitted green sweater has become deeply symbolic to people working to remember the lessons of the Holocaust. The sweater, from an exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, was knit for a girl named Krystyna Chiger by her grandmother. Chiger wore it the entire time she was in hiding in the sewers of Ukraine. To honor Chiger's story of survival, knitters have developed a pattern for the sweater and are encouraging others to create their own.
Full story - January 07, 2020
A massive crowd of mourners gathers on the streets of Tehran, Iran.
In the wake of the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, host Marco Werman speaks with the former undersecretary of defense for policy, Michèle Flournoy, on President Donald Trump's decision-making and the military decision-making process.
Full story - January 07, 2020
A man on an orange jumpsuit holds a koala with burned feet.
The University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman stunned people recently with his estimate that 480 million animals have been injured or killed in Australia's bushfires. A few weeks later, the fires have spread even farther, and he's updated the impact to include 1 billion animals.
Full episode - January 07, 2020
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We know that Russia has been honing its tools of disinformation since the Cold War, but how did Soviet-era sabotage make the jump into the digital age? How have imposters on social media caused real-world tumult? In Part II of a miniseries on Russian interference from The World's partners at the podcast "Raw Data," we get into the mechanics of it all by taking a look at two specific instances when Russia tested out its disinformation strategy inside the United States. Renee DiResta and Kate Starbird, leading experts in the burgeoning field of digital misinformation, bring us up to speed on how Russia honed its misinformation campaign in the lead up to the 2016 election.
Full story - January 06, 2020
Iraqi flags wave behind a group of men in parliament
Sarkawt Shams, an Iraqi MP, told The World he boycotted the vote in parliament to pull out US troops. "We want to have a peaceful relationship with both United States and Iran," Shams said.